America the Beautiful: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 30, 2001 - Fiction - 304 pages
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America Throne is living the good life in L.A. Her career is sprouting, and she is in love -- with Jasper Husch, a sexy-sultry artist from San Fran. But just as soon as they've realized domestic bliss, Jasper has a change of heart, and America falters on the slippery slope of hope: hoping that he will come back, hoping that new sex will erase all evidence of him, and hoping that in nurturing a truce with her dead father she will make peace with all men.
America's trip from self-destruction to wholeness is a romp on the wilder shores of the West Coast. From a dodgy therapist to a silent retreat, America Throne's "aha" moment culminates with, "While we are all busy swimming upstream, the universe is conspiring to take us to something better."
In America the Beautiful, Moon Zappa has taken the broken-heart story and given it a twist all her own through the emotional honesty and edginess of America Throne. Hailed as "brilliant" (Sunday Telegraph Magazine), America the Beautiful is the debut of an unforgettable and unfaltering new voice.
 

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Debut novelist Zappa takes as her palette a plot so banal that from someone less sensitive, talented, and funny this could have been a real snore. America Throne, 29, daughter of genius writer and ... Read full review

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Contents

PRESENT
17
BUGS AND FISHES
27
COLLECT CALL FROM ZEUS
35
A FEW MINUTES LATER
49
BLACK SUNDAY
61
RADIOACTIVATE
75
RADIOACTIVATE DANCE REMIX
81
HELLORHIGHWATER
93
BOO WHO
149
FREE DUMB
161
OWLS
171
HOPEA TRIBUTE TO THE COLOR BROWN
181
HITTV
195
NOT SEE PARTY
215
BABYS BREATH
239
TWENTYEIGHT OM SWEET OM
257

AUGUST
99
RADIOACTIVATE RADIO EDIT
109
OTTOEROTICA
125
CAMEL GATEAUX
131
FREE DUMB PART 2
273
BOLIFAR CARFISH INN
287
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About the author (2001)

Moon Unit Zappa is the daughter of legendary composer Frank Zappa. A stand-up comic, she won the Best Alternative Comic Award at the Aspen Comedy Festival, and has written about music and style for Details and Harper's Bazaar. She lives in Hollywood, California.

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